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Step-by-step instructions for making a Little Market Brasserie bartender's balsamic cocktail, the Grape Expectations 

The bartender at Little Market Brasserie makes a tequila-based eye-opener with balsamic vinegar.
Andrea Bauer
The ingredients: ginger syrup, lemon juice, apricot-peach preserves, mole bitters, white balsamic vinegar, 7 Leguas anejo tequila
Andrea Bauer
Start with half an ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Andrea Bauer
Add an ounce of ginger syrup, i.e., 1:1 sugar and water cooked down with diced ginger, then strained.
Andrea Bauer
Add a "hefty scoop" of marmalade or preserves (Selman used apricot-peach).
Andrea Bauer
A quarter ounce of balsamic vinegar (Selman chose white for its "prettier color").
Andrea Bauer
Then add four drops of Bittermans mole bitters.
Andrea Bauer
And two ounces of 7 Leguas anejo tequila.
Andrea Bauer
Add ice and shake.
Andrea Bauer
Double fine strain into a champagne flute rimmed with Pico Piquin or other spicy Mexican seasoning such as Tajin.
Andrea Bauer
Garnish with a mint sprig, and you have the Grape Expectations.
Andrea Bauer
Lisa Selman behind the bar at the Gold Coast's Little Market Brasserie
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Andrea Bauer
The ingredients: ginger syrup, lemon juice, apricot-peach preserves, mole bitters, white balsamic vinegar, 7 Leguas anejo tequila
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